Reflecting Assertiveness: Stand Tall

Why was this story so hard for me to make?  Was it that assertiveness has so many aspects?  There is confidence and calm.  There is repect and true expression.  There is the courage to be yourself and stand tall in the face of bullying, peer pressure and the possibility of being “unpopular”. 

No.  It was not that I had a hard time choosing what to focus on.  It is because this virtue is a real challenge for me.  But in pondering all these aspects, in reading and researching their expression, I found myself being inspired to stand tall. I found myself saying, “Yes, I will support you, but not at the expense of my own dreams.  Let’s find a way to work together.”  I found the courage to stick to my detox diet because I am worth it, even if my sugar cravings don’t think so.  I found the voice inside myself that is so quiet I had to get entirely still to hear it. (Hot baths and good music work wonders for that, by the way.)  That voice reminded me that I am never alone, that I always have a fan, someone who loves me, no matter what the rest of the world thinks.  What surprised me most is that it was my own voice. 

“Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting.”

 (Baha’u’llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)